Winning Crows in the gap of luxury
GOALS from Lee Rogers and Martin Westcott sealed a vital win for the Crows as they returned with three precious Spartan South Midlands League points. The victory ended a run of four straight losses for Royston, and gives them a comfortable seven-point cus
GOALS from Lee Rogers and Martin Westcott sealed a vital win for the Crows as they returned with three precious Spartan South Midlands League points.
The victory ended a run of four straight losses for Royston, and gives them a comfortable seven-point cushion over second-from-bottom Haringey Borough.
It also effectively sends Harpenden down to Division One.
On a rock hard pitch, Mark Saggers' team played down the slope in the first half and started strongly against the basement side.
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It took only nine minutes for the visitors to grab the lead when Martin Westcott chased a seemingly lost cause before crossing for the diminutive Rogers to nip in and score.
The Crows continued to dominate and doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark when Westcott deflected Jason Nash's shot through a crowded box, leaving the keeper unsighted.
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With the slope against them after the break, the Crows saw less of the ball during the second half.
They appeared to be coasting towards victory until Harpenden pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute when Royston failed to deal with a ball over the top, leaving a forward free to fire past Barry White.
The visitors were forced to defend in numbers during the final minutes but held on to secure a vital win as they look to avoid the drop.
Royston: B White, P Lamont, C Snowden, C Geldart, C Silent, M Saunders, L Rogers, T Galvin (D Jeffries), J Nash, M Westcott, R Cannon. Unused sub: J McMurrough.